Skin Care Basics That Everyone Should Know
Because it shouldn’t be hard
Covering the basics is essential in every aspect of life. Skincare isn’t an exception. Some people don’t even bother with a skincare routine thinking that it will either be too expensive or time-consuming to be worth the effort. But skincare doesn’t have to be complicated or break the bank.
There are a few essentials that are affordable and easily integrated into your day. Three steps are all you need to take care of the basics and they can help drastically improve your skin’s health and appearance with consistent use.
Maybe you’ve never had a routine and don’t know where to start, or you need to pare down your overflowing cabinet. We’ve got three skin care 101 steps to make the foundation of your routine.
- Cleansing: The most basic step to getting clear skin is having clean skin. Breakouts are more likely to happen when there are dirt and oil clogging your pores. Washing your face morning and night prevents build-up and maintains your skin health. Washing any more than that isn’t necessary and can actually be more damaging to the skin.
It takes no more than a minute a day to wash away grime and environmental toxins that over time will damage your skin. If you’re prone to oily skin, pick a cleanser with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Dry or sensitive types should look for cream-based and gentle formulas to avoid stripping your skin of oils or irritating inflamed skin.
- Nourishing: The easiest and most needed nourishing product is a moisturizer. Your skin takes a beating every day with makeup, pollution, or even stress, and adding back nutrients helps your skin work at its optimal level.
Nourishing your skin helps promote faster healing, fewer breakouts, and retains your natural moisture. Incorporating creams, serum, or different vitamin supplements can really help give your skin some much needed TLC. Loving your skin is definitely in.
- Protecting: Protection is a must! Did you know that UV exposure is considered responsible for over 80% of facial aging signs? And it’s one of the aging factors that we can control (at least a bit). Keep your skin away from the sun as much as possible. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen every. single. day.
Although getting the sun’s Vitamin D is essential to your overall health, it is not a good idea to bask under the sun for long periods of time. This doesn’t mean you have to live cooped up your whole life, but practice being mindful about your exposure and take measures to minimize the damaging effects.
Because these skincare steps all rely on products, start by choosing them wisely. Remember that skincare products aren’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so please be a careful shopper. Knowing what ingredients to look for will make you a savvy shopper and ensure that the products you buy are actually effective.
And that’s all you need to know to get started with a simple and effective skincare routine. Pick a cleanser, moisturize after, and always, always use sunscreen.